|Irish name||Seán Mac Gafraidh|
|Position||Left Half Back|
19 October 1993|
|Height||1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Nickname||Dart from Clontarf|
His father Noel also represented Dublin in Gaelic football. McCaffrey studied medicine at University College Dublin (UCD), where his classmates included Mark English, considered by Jerry Kiernan to be the country's "greatest talent" ever in middle-distance running. English issued a challenge to McCaffrey, himself considered football's fastest player, to take him on over 100 metres.
McCaffrey is a qualified medical doctor. He is currently living in Rathmines, with long-time partner and Eli Lilly hall of famer Emer Twohig.
In April 2013, McCaffrey won a National Football League winners' medal as Dublin defeated Tyrone by 0–18 to 0–17 to win the 2013 National Football League. He made his championship debut against Westmeath in the 2013 Leinster Senior Football Championship. He scored a solo goal in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final against Cork. Still teenaged, he played in the 2013 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, the first such final he would play in. McCaffrey, who was substituted at half-time, recalled how he "got roasted by Kevin McLoughlin". He played twice and netted for Ireland against Australia in the 2013 International Rules Series. In November 2013, he was named as All Stars Young Footballer of the Year.
In November 2015, McCaffrey received the highest individual honour in the sport when he was named as All Stars Footballer of the Year. He did so in spite of contracting food poisoning "in around the Thursday" before the 2015 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, which left him unable to finish the game. "I couldn't keep any food or water down so I got a drip to stay hydrated. But that was actually great at the time because it completely distracted from the build-up to a final ... all you were worried about is, 'Am I going to be okay?' You're no thinking about the occasion itself. And then thankfully I pulled through and performed okay for the 50 minutes that I lasted".
In December 2016, McCaffrey confirmed that he would be available again for selection in 2017.
McCaffrey played in that year's All-Ireland final win but left the pitch early after sustaining what later proved to be an anterior cruciate ligament injury. His antics later in the evening as Michael Lyster interviewed Jim Gavin and Stephen Cluxton were much remarked upon. A month after the final, McCaffrey had surgery.
McCaffrey returned for Dublin against Longford as a substitute in June 2018. Another substitute appearance in the Leinster final against Laois followed, seeing him make two goal chances by himself. However, he did not find the net in that game.
He is a former self-admitted "horrific tackler" but the 2018 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final proved to be when he "figured out I'm actually a defender as opposed to some loose attacking player". His dispossession of Mattie Donnelly during injury time of that game offered evidence of this.
McCaffrey was named Man of the Match after his team's 2018 final victory. While being interviewed by Lyster for The Sunday Game highlights programme, a leak through the ceiling of the Gibson Hotel caused Lyster, McCaffrey and GAA President John Horan to be drenched in water live on air.
Interviewed the following day by journalists, McCaffrey reminded them: "This was the first time I've been on the pitch when the final whistle blew in an All-Ireland final. Incredible. It was so satisfying, such a relief".
Another All Star followed, as did a second Footballer of the Year nomination.
McCaffrey won the man of the match award in the drawn 2019 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final as well; a second consecutive award, "RTÉ veterans" were reported to be finding it difficult to recall such an occurrence ever before. He was top scorer (1–3) from open play. This compared with the 3–14 from his previous 38 championship games. The three points were also a classic hat-trick, sent over with fist and both feet. Defensively, he forced eight turnovers of possession.
- All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (5): 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
- Leinster Senior Football Championship (6): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
- National Football League (3): 2013, 2014, 2015
- All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship (2): 2012, 2014 (c)
- Leinster Under-21 Football Championship (2): 2012, 2014
- All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final Man of the Match (2): 2018, 2019 (drawn game)
- The Sunday Game Player of the Year (1): 2015
- All Stars Young Footballer of the Year (1): 2013
- All Stars Footballer of the Year (1): 2015
- GAA GPA All Stars Awards (3): 2015, 2017, 2018
- Roche, Frank (14 September 2019). "'Dart from Clontarf' arrives on time for Blues' final destination". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
- Verney, Michael (1 September 2018). "Blistering pace, Simpsons references and keepy-uppies: Jack McCaffrey is no ordinary footballer". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
Having followed in his father Noel's footsteps to represent the Dubs, his inter-county stock has always been high but All-Ireland final day hasn't exactly been a happy hunting ground for McCaffrey.
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- Potts, Seán. "Blue Wave begins". Decades of the Dubs: 2010–2014. The Herald. p. 5.
No goals were conceded this time in the Leinster final clash with Meath as Dublin progressed comfortably before avenging previous setbacks to Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-final, Jack McCaffrey finishing a spectacular solo effort to the net.
- "Ireland 57-35 Australia". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- "Ireland 116-37 Australia". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
- "MDMA and Tony Kelly scoop top gongs at GAA GPA All Star Awards". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- "Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey heaps praise on 'unbelievable' Jim Gavin". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
- "Confirmed: Jack McCaffrey to miss Dublin's All Ireland title defence". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
- "'I'm going to be around for the next year and a half at least': Jack McCaffrey ready to rejoin Dublin in 2017". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
- "WATCH: Dublin's Jack McCaffrey steals the show again as unexpected water deluge interrupts Man of the Match presentation". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 2 September 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
- O'Toole, Fintan (3 September 2018). "Man-of-the-match, working in paediatrics, cruciate comeback and Dublin glory". The42.ie. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
- Keys, Colm (3 September 2019). "McCaffrey gets 'man of match' award away from cameras". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
|Awards and achievements|
| All Stars Young Footballer of the Year
| All-Ireland Senior Football Final
Man of the Match